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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by Alice Munro

A collection of bitter-sweet short stories, examining different facets of love and relationships. A fascinating read.

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They had usually prepared supper together. One of them made the drinks and the other the fire, and they talked about his work (he was writing a study of legendary Norse wolves and particularly of the great Fenris wolf who swallows up Odin at the end of the world) and about whatever Fiona was reading and what they had been thinking about during their close but separate day. This was their time of liveliest intimacy, though there was also, of course, the five or ten minutes of physical sweetness just after they got into bed -something that did not often end up in sex but reassured them that sex was not over yet.

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